In-School Performance

Provider: Mark Twain Education Society

Contact: Alan Kitty

Starting cost per student: $5

Additional Info: The minimum total cost of an exploration is $500 which may include multiple performances at a school in a single day.

Max. Capacity: 1200

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation?

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Twain’s Adventure stories inspired American children of the 19th and 20th centuries to feed their creativity, question everything, and pursue The American Dream — all through the lens of 19th century morality.

Alan Kitty has been entertaining audiences as Mark Twain since 1979. He appears in character to explore the sources of character, plot, and style in these and other works that led 20th Century authors like Steinbeck and Hemingway to call him the Father of America Literature.

This wildly popular program combines a humorous lecture with audience participation segment that is designed to mimic the effect of Twain’s writing on the young student: inspiring exploration and creative thinking, while deepening student understanding of the art and craft of writing. Kitty’s expertly crafted resemblance to Twain, a deep understanding of humorous storytelling, and nearly four decades of Twain research enable him to handle virtually any student question.

This interactive approach creates a memorable experience. If students are too young to form questions, they are asked to come up with a word, object or idea around which Twain will create an instant story. And when — to the initial horror of teachers — some students attempt to disarm the speaker with absurd questions, Kitty’s responses let them know he was once just like the worst of them. They may not realize it right away, but that interchange triggers a teaching moment. It may even move someone to save the world.


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